bright peice of debris spotted, keep an eye for a perigree pass of it, if your in the right area

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Thu Mar 29 2007 - 07:18:42 EDT

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    This morning while observing Intelsat 501 flashes, I had a slow moving sat come by.
    I ran an id, and it was the following
    Catalog number = 24712
    Name = ARIANE 3 DEB 
    International Designator = 1986-026G 
    So a peice of the Ariene 3 rocket.
    I beleive it could be seen with just the eye, when it reaches perigee. So those in the right area, feel free to take a look, and let me know., thanks.
    I'll never see a perigee pass of it, due it's orbital inclination of 9 degrees:(
    At 9:54:50 UTC ( Mar 29 )  it passed below a Magnitude 6.5 Star located at
    RA (J2000.0): 16 54 40.22
    declination -11 47 32.8
    It passed within 5 arc minutes of that star. It was between Mag 10 to 11, I would estimate.
    It was 23000 km away at the time, not bad:)
    44.6062 N
    75.6910 W
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